Nonfiction

On the Shelf: The Power of Small

The premise of The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval is a simple one. “We have become a nation of skimmers, our attention limited to sound bites, live video clips, and headlines,” they say, adding that, as a result, the small cues, the simple gestures, the random acts of kindness that give life texture and meaning are all too often overlooked or ignored.

Famous TV Chefs

I don't cook much.  My oven still looks like it came off the showroom floor.  And when Hurricane Ike rolled around, nothing much changed for me food-wise.  Peanut butter and crackers?  No problem.  Soup or beans?  I have it covered with my trusty can-opener.

When I have electricity, I'm a microwaving master.  I have amazing button-pushing skills.  But cooking something?  Actually throwing things together?  Measuring, chopping, preheating, baking?  No.  That would be disastrous.

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

The Definitive Book of Body LanguageHave you seen the TV show Lie to Me?  It’s sort of a crime drama where the mysteries are solved by observing people’s body language to see if they’re telling a lie.  If you’re hooked on the show like I am, you’ll love the book The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan & Barbara Pease.

 

Eating Out is Hard to Do

What to Eat When You're Eating OutFor the waistline-conscious person, eating out is definitely hard to do.  Hidden calories and fat molecules are in the least likely places.  I usually assume that if it tastes good, there’s danger there.  But, now I have a tool I can use to shed light on the subject: What to Eat When You’re Eating Out by Hope S. Warshaw. Her information covers more than 60 popular restaurants giving you the best options for each and then the nitty gritty on the rest.

On the Shelf: The Whatchamacallit

In my other life, I’m a writer, and words are my business. You’ll understand, then, why I’ve so enjoyed perusing The Whatchamacallit by Danny Danziger and Mark McCrum, a humorous book offering the elusive names of 100 ordinary items.

Tastes Like Chicken: Cooking with Squirrels

Tastes Like Chicken

Another thing to be aware of during Squirrel Awareness Month in October is that squirrels are edible.

Of course, before you can cook them properly you have to kill them. It’s not like cooking lobster or eating oysters on the half shell. So to properly prepare Batter Fried Squirrel, Brunswick Stew, or any other hardy pioneer fare, it’s time to go squirrel hunting. Fortunately October is also squirrel hunting season in Harris County. So get your license, and round up your gear and head for the hunting grounds.

Step 1 Hunt Them Down

Now That You Are Aware of Squirrels, How to You Keep Them Away From Your Bird Feeder?

October is Squirrel Awareness Month


In last week’s blog I cited Bill Adler, Junior’s book Outwitting Squirrels. In it he offers advice on deterring squirrels by means mechanical and odorous. I promised more information on keeping squirrels out of your bird feeder, and here it is:

On the Shelf: Have a New Husband by Friday

Ladies, listen up! Whether you’ve been married for decades or, like me, you’re pursuing the possibilities of a new and exciting relationship, you’ll want to read Have a New Husband by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman.

Reusable Resources

I was watching a TV show recently that featured a group of people that started a free community garage swap. The idea involves everyone bringing items that they no longer wish to keep to a central location. Then people in the community can select items they can use, with the goal being to reuse instead of throwing the items away.

After watching the program, I decided to look for books on the topic of reusing. I am really curious to see what kind of tips I’ll find in Rubbish: reuse your refuse , The Scavenger’s Manifesto , and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle : an easy household guide. Do you have any reusable tips to share?

[photo courtesy of kimberlyfaye]

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